Brenda Stewart from Laurens Tea Party ask “Who Does Lindsey Really Represent?

January 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

Great article, published in Politichicks by Brenda Stewart:
On the one-year anniversary of the inauguration of President Donald Trump, we awake to find the government in shutdown mode. Thanks, in most part, to the Democrats and a few others.

As we watched this playout over the course of the last two weeks Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina was front and center (a place he likes to be if you have every watched him work the Sunday morning show circuit). But he is not on the side you would think for a Republican senator.

The question conservative voters in South Carolina have been […]

We ARE still talking about mold at the Courthouse.

January 21st, 2018|0 Comments

The terrible situation with mold at the courthouse continues. Recently an employee collapsed and had to be taken by ambulance for medical attention, judge continue to cancel sessions, employees are sick with visible issues (red eyes, rashes) and Jeff Horton’s response is to tell everyone that Chloraseptic is no more dangerous than the chemicals used to clean the building. No kidding. Watch this video.

Council chairman responds to mold remediation complaints

Tomorrow, Hope Blackley will again speak at the County Council meeting – the published agenda says the general meeting will begin at 4:45, which is unusual and there are no committee meetings tomorrow.

Please share this information with […]

Sheriff Chuck Wright proposing state work program for inmates

January 21st, 2018|0 Comments

Last year a group of Spartanburg citizens met with Sheriff Chuck Wright a few times to discuss this bill.  Folks like me, Doug Cobb, Rep. Chumley … it was a great networking opportunity and we all  learned a lot and everyone had some great input.  I’m glad to see it will finally be introduced in Columbia!

FROM SHJ:
Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright has helped craft a bill that would allow non-violent offenders to receive a reduced prison sentence in exchange for working a full-time job maintaining state and county roads under supervision.

The 40-hour-per-week jobs would involve picking up trash, mowing grass, […]

Justin Bradley announces he will not run again for Council

January 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Boiling Springs folks! You have some work to do … up to you to ensure your community moves forward, not backward in selecting a new County Council representative!

Four years ago, on Feb. 6, 2014, Ronald Reagan’s birthday, I announced with my family that I would campaign for County Council. Together, we launched a hard-fought race for council. Outspent 5 to 1, I was told by almost everyone that I didn’t stand a chance. Only through hard work, steadfast faith, and the commitment of a few hard-working volunteers (my family and friends), I won the race that June by 78 votes, […]

I LOVE this Mick Mulvaney story!

January 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Washington Examiner reports:
President Trump’s frugal budget director, in his latest bow to taxpayers, is skipping the usual ask for millions of dollars to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau he is temporarily running.

The reason for Mick Mulvaney’s extraordinary move: The agency has enough money to pay its bills.
In a letter to Federal Reserve Chair Janet L. Yellen, who funds the special consumer board, Mulvaney simply said, “I have been assured that the funds currently in the bureau fund are sufficient for the bureau to carry out its statutory mandates for the next fiscal quarter while striving to be efficient, effective […]

So SC CAN propose an ALL ACCESS conceal carry bill – just not for ordinary folks

January 17th, 2018|1 Comment

Take a look at S.324. 

“Notwithstanding any other provision contained in this article, the following persons who possess a valid permit pursuant to this article may carry a concealable weapon anywhere within this State, when carrying out the duties of their office:”

and then the list … which is judges, magistrates, justices, judges, solicitors, public defenders, clerk of courts.

and RETIRED judges, magistrates, justices, judges, solicitors, public defenders, clerk of courts.

So it is possible to propose a bill that allows SC citizens to concealed carry anywhere in the state.  You just have to be a member of the judicial system to have that privilege.

hmmmmmm…

Tommy Dimsdale’s Campaign Announcement

January 17th, 2018|0 Comments

GOOD to see!  If you would like to see Eddie Tallon have the opportunity to spend more time with his family, please visit Tommy’s website and make a donation.  For all the gas tax and school choice votes Eddie has taken in opposition to the will of the voter and the GOP Platform – and you know the angst of an elected official who refuses to acknowledge those who voted for him with his votes in Columbia – please channel your energy into a donation. It is the best thing you can do in January 2018 to ensure this seat […]

Rep. Garry Smith’s H4491 – causing a ruckus among the left

January 17th, 2018|0 Comments

From Garry Smith’s FB page – you can see he’s taking some heat for this bill.  Please have a chat with YOUR house member about H4491 – make sure he or she knows about it and signs on!
The Legislative session has begun! Dozens of legislative bills are being introduced and sent to committee where the real work of the legislature takes place.

I wanted to alert you about a particular bill that sparked an angry outrage today.

Back in December I pre-filed House Bill 4491 and just this week the bill was sent to committee.

HB 4491 says that DHEC CANNOT contract with […]

What’s happening in Columbia this week?

January 16th, 2018|0 Comments

SC Policy Council provides this Columbia update:
This week the House will begin debating the six energy “solution” bills passed out of committee prior to session (analysis here), and the Senate and House special energy committees are holding meetings to hear from Dominion Energy regarding the proposed merger with SCANA. Finally, the governor will deliver his annual State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly at 7:00pm on Wednesday evening.
Who’s feeding your lawmakers this week?

Lexington County
South Carolina Recyclers’ Association
South Carolina Athletic Trainers’ Association
South Carolina Bar Association
South Carolina Aviators’ Association

Wednesday

State of the […]

Update from Rep. Josiah Magnuson

January 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Rep. Magnuson sent this out.  Please note his upcoming town hall – February 8 at Lake Bowen Fish Camp at 6:30
An action for gun rights I took as your voice was featured last week on a statewide news site.  This summer, I made an inquiry on behalf of a constituent who was lawfully carrying an authentic Revolutionary War-era weapon and was accosted by the City of Greenville.  In response, the SC Attorney General’s office issued a statement that under state law, towns and cities may not make ordinances to restrict the carrying of rifles.  The Minutemen would be proud!

This official statement […]

Rep. Jonathan Hill on Failed Nuclear Site and what’s next

January 15th, 2018|1 Comment

Rep. Hill sent this out:
State lawmakers have been working overtime to make sure you don’t blame them for losing billions of dollars and more than 5,000 jobs in the process.

This is after hiking power rates nine times to pay for the failed expansion of the V.C. Summer nuclear site.

It’s an election year, so when the lawmakers charged with regulating the state power monopolies were caught with their pants down last summer, they started running for cover like so many cockroaches.

Don’t be fooled: these very legislators created this mess to begin with by passing the Base Load Review Act back in […]

Steve Haynie writes a Letter to the Editor

January 14th, 2018|2 Comments

Steve Haynie wrote a letter to the editor re: the Local Government Fund.

http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/opinion/readers/2018/01/13/letter-editor-doubling-tax/1025635001/
If a grocery store clerk accidentally scanned a product twice, costing you double, you would be right to politely complain. Have you ever wanted to pay double for your taxes? Well, you already do, and you should politely complain to your state legislators.

South Carolina requires counties to provide certain government functions on behalf of the state such as magistrates and circuit courts, voter registration and elections, libraries, storm water management, jails, victim services, public defenders, and many more. To offset the cost of these mandated services, state law […]

Here’s a handful of bills to look at

January 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Stacy Shea is a great resource for information about what’s what in Columbia.  Here are a few bills she wants to bring to our attention:

GHS Reorganization:

4528 was introduced on January 9, 2018, in the State House to ratify the GHS reorganization. The sponsors were Bannister, Bedingfield, Hamilton, Putnam, Dillard, Elliott and Henderson. The bill has been referred to the Greenville County delegation. This bill would retroactively authorize the GHS reorganization from a public charity (subject to citizen control, through our legislative delegation) into a private one which is entirely outside of our control and with a self-selecting board of directors […]

SC Lawmakers – GUILTY! Yet still receiving taxpayer money

January 11th, 2018|0 Comments

As reported by TheState.com:
Three S.C. lawmakers who have pleaded guilty to public corruption charges still are picking up a major retirement perk after leaving office – paid for by state taxpayers.

Those same retirement benefits cover three other lawmakers – a suspended state senator and two retired House representatives – who now face trial as part of the same State House corruption investigation, led by special prosecutor David Pascoe.

In total, retirement benefits for the six legislators will cost S.C. taxpayers about $200,000 a year, according to the state’s pension agency.

Taxpayers pay the state’s part-time lawmakers about $22,400 a year – $10,400 […]

Spartanburg Campaign School! February 17

January 10th, 2018|0 Comments

We are pleased to announce Campaign School in Spartanburg on Saturday February 17!

CLICK HERE for details and to sign up.

This class is FREE and open to everyone.

Are you considering running for office in 2018? Do you want to be a more effective worker on your local campaigns? Campaign School will take place Saturday, February 17, 2018 in Spartanburg SC at SCC Downtown campus, Room 162. Attendance is FREE. Please attend if you are considering running for office, if you would like to learn how to manage campaigns and create a winning campaign strategy, if you are interested in using […]

Tommy Dimsdale “Courageous” series

January 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Tommy Dimsdale also shared with us last night his series of discussions with local church youth – “Courageous” – the intersection of faith and politics.  It has been well received and he has been asked to visit other area churches to share with them. Take a look … and contact Tommy if you’d like to invite him to share at your church. Email him at dimsdaledebate@aol.com

Christian Healthcare Ministries

January 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Great meeting last night, we had six new folks attending! Dave Chisholm gave us lots of information on health insurance alternatives.  The website for Christian Healthcare Ministries is:

www.chministries.org

You can visit and read about the plans discussed.  Dave urges you to contact him directly if you have more questions, you can reach him here:

david@bfgbenefits.com

864.877.7171

and friend him on Facebook!

As discussed, if you do sign up for a plan, please fill in Dave’s information (name and account # 239941) as a thank you for him visiting us.

Thanks to Kerry Wood for doing a live stream of Dave’s presentation, you can see that by […]

Instate tuition in SC for DACA? Pickens Rep. Neal Collins sponsors a bill…

January 9th, 2018|4 Comments

From TheState.com:
An estimated 6,400 young people in South Carolina are living in limbo after President Donald Trump threatened to end a federal program that shields them from deportation.

But even with that uncertainty, one South Carolina lawmaker is introducing a bill that would treat them like South Carolina residents, at least when it comes to pay for college.

Rep. Neal Collins, R-Pickens, has introduced legislation that would allow participants in the DACA program to pay in-state tuition at South Carolina colleges, apply for state-sponsored scholarships and receive professional licenses from state boards.

Immigrants are eligible for DACA – Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals – if […]

Here are your links to watch the legislators in Columbia

January 9th, 2018|0 Comments

SCETV does a great service to South Carolina by live streaming all the activities on the floor of the House and Senate in Columbia.  Many times committee hearings are also streamed.  Here are your links to bookmark to watch your legislators on the floor this session.  Session begins today.

Livestream SC Senate

Livestream SC House

You will always find these links at our website www.spartanburgteaparty.org as well.  This would be a good time to sign up for the Spartanburg Tea Party email list to keep up with what’s happening in Columbia and take action.  Fill in the “Join our email list” window on […]

William Herlong launches GOP campaign for South Carolina attorney general

January 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Reported at Post and Courier:
Greenville lawyer William Herlong kicked off his campaign for South Carolina attorney general Monday, accusing incumbent Alan Wilson of lacking the honesty and independence to aggressively confront corruption in state government.

“South Carolina is a spectacular state, we all know this,” Herlong said in a news conference at the Statehouse. “But we also all know that the level of corruption inside the four walls of this building threatens us all, threatens our reputation, our pocketbooks, our way of life. The first antidote to corruption is to elect a new attorney general.”

The announcement creates a three-way GOP primary […]

Five Principles of Freedom: Achieving Prosperity in South Carolina

January 5th, 2018|0 Comments

SC Policy Council published this in November, it is a good blueprint for making SC the freest state in the nation.

Here are the key points, please visit the link above for a very comprehensive read of what it will take for SC citizens to have the government we need, including some history, explanation of govt structure in SC, and what are the greatest barriers to accomplishing.

(1) South Carolina’s politicians should have less power and more accountability than the politicians of any other state.
Checks and balances are one of the strongest protections for individual liberty because they prevent any one branch […]

Greenville Gun Ordinance Opined Invalid by Attorney General

January 5th, 2018|0 Comments

SC Carry is a citizen activist group here in SC, which focuses solely on 2nd Amendment issues.  If you would like some great information and direction for action, please join them – and once you join them, DO STUFF! They have tables at local gun shows all the time and they need you to volunteer for that, and they put out information on bills in Columbia for you to express your opinion to your legislators.

Join them on Facebook here.

Visit their website here and sign up for their email list.

Okay, so now that you’ve done that, here is an example […]

Trump opens up offshore oil & gas program- will SC take advantage?

January 4th, 2018|0 Comments

Hopefully this will be good news – depending on if we can get rid of Gov. Henry …

From Jeff Duncan’s Facebook page:

Fantastic news: The Trump Administration has reopened the draft proposed plan for the National Outer Continental Shelf Oil & Gas Leasing Program, and it’s a sharp contrast from what the Obama Administration was proposing.

The announcement is tremendous news for American energy independence, economic development, and job creation. The Obama Administration’s shortsighted offshore plan set the U.S. behind our competitors around the world and trampled efforts to move toward energy independence. It’s great to see President Trump correct this misguided […]

Bill could wipe away nonviolent drug offenses

January 4th, 2018|0 Comments

Take a look at a bill supported by (at least) two Spartanburg House members. Reported at SHJ:
A state Senate bill could help nonviolent drug offenders find work.

The bill, which received support in the state House last year but wasn’t taken up by the Senate during the legislative session, would expunge certain crimes, like low-level drug offenses, from the records of nonviolent offenders.

Recently, the bill has earned support from chambers of commerce across the state because of the effects it could have on growing the state’s workforce.

“That is what I would argue is our top priority for the year,” said Jason […]

2018 Bills in Columbia, Part 3

January 4th, 2018|2 Comments

The Post and Courier recently published its own list of 2018 bills in Columbia.  This is what will be on the agenda when session begins January 9.  Discussions on these bills will be held in committees, committees will vote, and some of these bills will be brought to the floor for up or down votes.  If these issues intrigue you, if the substance of these bills will impact you, your family, your community, your business, now is the time to learn about them, speak to your legislators and even plan to travel to Columbia for hearings and discussion.  There has […]